Intrapreneurship Conference #8 Silicon Valley starts to feel like the Olympics for corporate innovators, with trailblazing (and even famous) intrapreneurship programs like Adobe’s Kickbox and Cisco’s Innovate Everywhere on the show.

Today we’re announcing another SIX intrapreneurs sharing the nuts and bolts of their programs, their personal hopes and fears and anything else you want to know from them, on stage during Intrapreneurship Conference #8.

Intrapreneurs from GE, Pearson, SAP, Lowe’s, Yammer/Mircrosoft and Aerion Corp. Yup, next to those from Adobe, Cisco, Adyen, CBS, Hearst Health and other companies we announced a while ago. If you’re serious about innovation, you simply can’t miss this.

And… we’ve added a former intrapreneur to the line-up who has a simple question for you…


rik-dryfoos-geHOW GE BROKE THE MOLD: FASTWORKS – A CULTURAL REVOLUTION
Rik Dyfoos – GE

With the world changing faster than ever, companies must change the way they work to react to market disruption and to stay competitive.

Enter FastWorks. Developed by GE, in collaboration Eric Ries and David Kidder, FastWorks is a new way of thinking, designed to deliver better customer outcomes, faster.

Rik Dryfoos will unpack the principles, tools and behaviors that are helping GE to drive speed, simplicity and customer-focus: He will discuss the importance of thinking like an “Intrapreneur” and how a 130 year old company is embarking on a radical cultural revolution, to think and act like a startup.


Kyle-Nel-Lowe-intrapreneurUNCOMMON PARTNERS TO CO-CREATE NEW SOLUTIONS: THE STORY OF LOWE’S INNOVATION LABS
Kyle Nel – Lowe’s

Lowe’s Innovation Labs (LIL), the disruptive technology arm of home improvement retailer Lowe’s, is breaking new ground by articulating the future in the form of intuitive narratives, in comic book form, about how technology could benefit consumers and change the future of the business.

Since launching in 2014, Lowe’s Innovation Labs has brought to market concepts including the Lowe’s Holoroom augmented and virtual reality design experience, the OSHbot and LoweBot autonomous retail service robots, and 3D scanning and printing services at retail. LIL has cultivated a network of uncommon partnerships such as that with Made in Space to send the first commercial 3D printer to the International Space Station, and launched a disruptive technology startup collider in Bangalore, India.

From these narratives, LIL identifies uncommon partners with whom it can work to co-create new technology solutions. Working alongside these partners with an end business goal in mind has pushed the partnerships and technologies further and faster in ways neither could have anticipated at the outset. Join this session to learn more about how to apply this narrative-driven innovation process within your organization.


Cindy-Alvarez-Yammer-Microsoft-intrapreneurshipPRACTICE, NOT “PERFECT”
Cindy Alvarez – Yammer/Microsoft

Change means everyone has to build new habits – management, team leads, and individual contributors. But our instinct is usually to reinforce old work behaviors.

Management gets excited and wants to detail out a top-down plan; folks want the predictability of deadlines and schedules (even when we hate them!); people are rewarded for hitting deadlines and producing quantities of work (even if it doesn’t meet customer/business needs).

Forget “practice makes perfect” – we just need practice! Cindy will talk tactics about how Microsoft’s Cloud & Enterprise division has encouraged the practice of listening to customers and being experimental.


silval-intrapreneur-visualsPREPARING FOR EMERGENCE: EXPLORING NEW MARKETS AND NEW BUSINESSES AT INTEL
Muki Hansteen Izora – Intel

Large companies are often unprepared for disruptive shifts. Big changes in what people do and what they care about can make markets or destroy even the most stable of businesses. How can you build in flexible and stable practices for sensing and responding to market shifts so that your business can evolve and continue to grow?

Muki will share his experience and lessons learned as an intrepreneur at Intel navigating through multiple emerging businesses and supporting other intrepreneurs across the company.


WHAT’S ALL THE FUZZ ABOUT?

3 DAYS, 39+ SESSIONS TO ATTEND, 175+ AWESOME FOLKS TO MEET.
EVERYTHING INTRAPRENEURSHIP!

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colin-johnson-aerionORGANIZATIONAL IMMUNE RESPONSE AND THE INNOVATOR’S DILEMMA
Colin Johnson – Aerion Corp.

An intrapreneur is an innovator inside a host organization, but the “Innovator’s Dilemma” posited by Clayton Christensen chronicles the many forces that work against internal innovators.

These forces may include management and employee pattern recognition, incentives, skills, vision and more. All constitute the equivalent of an organizational immune system conspiring to keep the host healthy by fighting foreign elements, such as you, the intrapreneur…even though your initiative may be the equivalent of a life-saving organ transplant. What must we do to survive and thrive?


Sonja-Kresojevic-pearson-intrapreneurshipLEARNINGS FROM PEARSON’S LEAN PRODUCT LIFECYCLE
Sonja Kresojevic – Pearson

Over the last 10+ years we have seen number of large enterprises experiencing (near) Kodak moment and struggling to drive growth as they navigate through long term disruption to their business.

This case study will share learnings from award winning innovation program at Pearson and will outline how principles and practices of Lean Product Lifecycle and active portfolio management can help companies navigate disruption, increase innovation and transform their portfolios and why mindset, leadership and cultural changes are key to success.


janaki-kumar-sap-intrapreneurINNOVATION BY DESIGN
Janaki Kumar – SAP

Businesses are undergoing a transformation right now. Established industries are being disrupted by new business models, technological advances, and customer expectations. To thrive in this new reality, organizations need a culture of innovation that leverages the power of customer experience design to drive business strategy and uncover new opportunities. However, change is not easy, especially when organizations are fine tuned for efficiency and scale rather than innovation by design.

How can organizations create a culture of design-led innovation and how can passionate design-minded intreprenuers win executive support for their initiatives? In this talk, Janaki Kumar will share three tips to be an effective change agent at work. She will outline a framework to foster an innovation culture, based on her experience working with the world’s leading companies at SAP’s Design and Co-Innovation Center.


As shared before, Intrapreneurship Conference is not just full of glitter and glamour stories and powerpoints of happy people.

We open up the floor for you and everyone to ask the questions that need asking.

So before we dive into all the 13 intrapreneur case studies (during the afternoon of day 1), Sammy Haroon will ask the fundamental question:

haroon-6279-editINTRAPRENEURSHIP: YOU WANT THE TRUTH?
Sammy Haroon

The realities of corporate innovation driven by intrapreneurship can both exhilarating and harsh. Intrapreneurship runs contrary to entrepreneurship in most cases. The intrapreneur most of the time is not recognized for their hard work and the results they produce.

Sammy will use humor and sarcasm to provide insights into the “factual” realities that an intrapreneur must contend with to deliver value to their company. Three specifics from on the ground lessons learned will be shared with examples to enable success for the intrapreneur and their organization.

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